Houston's Top 10 Crawfish Joints

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You must make the crawfish do a puppet dance for your amusement before eating it. Fact.
Note: This post is from 2011. Please check out our current list (with current prices) for 2012.

Yesterday, we showed you the proper way to eat crawfish. Today, armed with that knowledge, we're going to show you the best places to eat them in Houston.

It may not officially be crawfish season yet -- Exhibit A: Danton's, my go-to for serious Cajun food, isn't stocking them. Exhibit B: neither is BB's Cajun Cafe or Goode Co. Seafood. And it won't be until at least the end of the month, if not next month.

But the fact that it isn't technically crawfish season hasn't prevented nearly every bar and Cajun restaurant in town from offering mudbugs by the pound. After all, this weather is practically built for crawfish consumption. And here's how you can tell...

Of those restaurants that currently are offering crawfish by the pound, the people who answer the phones nearly tell you the price of the crawfish right when they pick up. At Mardi Gras Grill, there's a robot -- a robot! (okay, so it's a recorded, robot-sounding message) -- that answers the phone and automatically relays the current per-pound price of the bugs. Local foodie extraordinaire Jenny Wang even has a "Crawfish Specials" list set up on Twitter.

Crawfish: Serious business.

10. Calliope's

The closest to an authentic po-boy as you'll get in the Bayou City also has great crawfish, and for a great price: only $5.49 a pound right now. It also consistently pulls in some of the largest, so come prepared.

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9. Ragin' Cajun

This longtime Richmond haunt is where many Houstonians -- native or not -- tried their first crawfish. While there's usually a line out the door during crawfish season, that's just a sign of loyalty and quality. Ragin' Cajun gets bonus points for its wild Louisiana decor, fabulous zydeco music, handy sink right in the dining room, and the fact that it doesn't charge extra for corn or potatoes. It sells its crawfish in 1.75 pound or 3.5 pound buckets, and market price is currently $6.28 a pound.

8. Mardi Gras Grill

According to the robo-voice, the bugs at this Durham favorite are currently $5.99 a pound, and its low prices combined with a central location means that this Cajun shack gets swamped early and often. But it also comes with a great backstory: This was the original Floyd's -- Floyd Landry, that is -- and was one of the first places to bring crawfish to Houston.

7. Floyd's

Speaking of... This location of Floyd's is our favorite, with a boat-shaped bar and all-you-can-eat crawfish specials that will keep you lingering all day in sea-breezy Webster, whether you meant to or not. Right now, crawfish is $5.95 a pound.


Location Info

Wild Cajun Crawfish

6533 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


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ccummi5189
ccummi5189

I can't recommend Floyd's. The 5 lb platter is a 3 lb platter, so you really pay about $10/lb.

Becky McCall
Becky McCall

Looking for a great place for crawfish that are not so hot that they burn my lips off and can taste nothing but heat.  Tasty crawfish.  I have been to many places, most are good, one place I loved closed down, Ocagiens (sp) in pearland .

Reneantonio15
Reneantonio15

i tried crawfish from this top 10 list and nothing can compare with JO-LYNN.S at BEECHNUT and WILCREST......although it will be the most expensive at 7.99 / pound....it will be the MOST DELICIOUS......try it you.ll like it !!! ------RENE of COOK ROAD

JRC
JRC

I've found good crawfish at Hank's on Hwy 6 and clay Rd..  I like em HOT!  Get the New Orleans Spicy with Garlic and you won't be disappointed.  $6.95 lb.

cob
cob

Turns out Concert Pub has raised its price since this article.  It is now $5.99 a pound or $19.95 for 4 pounds.  Still a good deal though.

Fbsoccer7
Fbsoccer7

Where is a good place for crawfish near Kingwood

Beaux
Beaux

Sam's Boat hands down has the best crawfish in Houston. It ain't even close.

Liquid
Liquid

Best crawfish in TX/LA: Jolynn's Crawfish. Unique flavoring and spice, juicier and tastier than anything in Chinatown. Puts Boiling Crab, Hanks, and all the other poser joints to shame. Try it once and you'll be hooked, guaranteed. And you can thank me later. 

Mushroomblue95
Mushroomblue95

I'm deeply dissapointed that the author didn't include what should be the #1 place for crawfish. Bayou City Seafood and Pasta!!! 4730 Richmond. They always deliver on the very best crawfish year after year. They started out the year with there usual happy hour 4.99 but raised it to 5.99 this year. The staff is great and service is also excellent. And the plus is pasta that is the best in town.own. 

lgoldie1
lgoldie1

Hard to say who has the best crawfish in Houston???Coaches has to be one of the best deals in town though for $3 a pound on sundays and tuesdays is there a better deal in town??Th crawfish are decent and cooked with mushrooms potato and corn are $1 for 3 pieces....located off I-10 and barker cypress

Christine72676
Christine72676

Repka's is overrated, btw, just not what it used to be. Who wants to drive out to Pattison anyways? I have found the best crawfish this season at Vida Loca in katy. There is all the End Zone sports bar out 1093 (Westheimer), past West Oaks. On Sunday they serve them and they are pretty darn good. Reasonable price too, $4 for a to go sized box. Eat until they are gone. You can bring kids but keep in mind in can get quite ghetto, so it's best to leave them with a sitter. We also like Hank's on Highway 6 and Good Ole Boys..

Shreela
Shreela

I usually ate crawfish in the Houston area was at Crazy Cajun on Nasa Rd 1, but it's not there anymore (I don't live down there anymore, so I don't know how long it's been gone, or if maybe it just moved). I did try some at a little stand looking joint near Ellington AFB, but they were very overcooked. And way back when, the Turtle Club would occasionally have crawfish, but I haven't been there in over a decade, so no idea if they still do, but it was decent.

I'd be really mad if I was served crawfish boiled in unseasoned water. Now that I've been being frugal for many years, I rarely eat out, so I learned to make my own crawfish boil. And it's heavily seasoned of course.

David
David

HANDS DOWN!!!! I'm Serious!!!

THE BEST CRAWFISH IN HOUSTON IS AT SWANSONS PATIO GRILL AT DUNCAN & THEALL (Champions Area) Sausage, Mushrooms, Corn, Potatoes, NO EXTRA CHARGE, %5.00 per pound, Buckets of Beer, Full Bar, TV's Everywhere.

ONLY BAD THING, It's only on Saturday afternoons until they run out.

This is a Family Place. Kids Run Free, Fishing, Play Area, Football Rules

Karaoke Stars at 5:00. Unbelieveable, I swear I saw the next Hannah Montanna

I can't believe more peope don't know about this place.

Its Like being at the lake............MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

http://www.swansongolfcenter.c...

David
David

HANDS DOWN!!!! I'm Serious!!!

THE BEST CRAWFISH IN HOUSTON IS AT SWANSONS PATIO GRILL AT DUNCAN & THEALL (Champions Area) Sausage, Mushrooms, Corn, Potatoes, NO EXTRA CHARGE, $5.00 per pound, Buckets of Beer, Full Bar, TV's Everywhere.

ONLY BAD THING, It's only on Saturday afternoons until they run out.

This is a Family Place. Kids Run Free, Fishing, Play Area, Football Rules

Karaoke Stars at 5:00. Unbelieveable, I swear I saw the next Hannah Montanna

I can't believe more peope don't know about this place.

Its like being at the lake............MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

http://www.swansongolfcenter.c...

Crawdad Lover
Crawdad Lover

Does anyone here know of where to get New Orleans style crawfish? I am from New Orleans (moved here 5 years ago) and NONE of these places on this list do crawfish right. The idea that there is seasoning on the OUTSIDE of the crawfish is silly. In Louisiana, the seasonings are always in the water and a perfect pot needs to outside seasoning nor do they need seasoning on the table.

That being said, doe anyone here know where to get real Louisiana style crawfish in Houston?

Richard Doll
Richard Doll

Seasoned Water? I'm from the Chesapeake bay area of Maryland, and up there we steam crawdads, crabs, shrimp, etc. in beer and a couple tablespoons of vinegar. All critters get liberally covered with Old Bay seasoning, and by God they're tasty...I can't imagine taking good seafood and just boiling it in water...what a waste!

stwiklhelm
stwiklhelm

I have had crawfish at almost each and every one of those that you mention, but honsetly, the BEST are at The Hideaway on Dunvale!!!!

♛Superstar Terrence™
♛Superstar Terrence™

I go to Sam's Boat alot since its by myHouse but Im surprised not to see them on the list.

CapC Tr
CapC Tr

Calliope's has it down pat.. dunno why it's number 10 but they season it like home in new orleans and you don't have to add any seasoning on top nor will you see any additional seasoning on the crawfish. You can really suck the heads and get the flavors. not only that, they're HUGE now... sitting outside with my beer and crawdads

Taghi594
Taghi594

i dont think i've ever run across a crawfish boil where the water wasn't seasoned... is that really a frequent occurrence? i have a hard time believing that.

Damiante
Damiante

Some of the best, which I think you know, are out in Chinatown. Especially, Hong Kong market where hundreds of smart eaters gather for cheap, but incredibly seasoned crawfish are served in what's basically a food court.

Noe Knee Moose
Noe Knee Moose

Had Seafood Shoppe for lunch today. $6.99 / pound. Excellent.

John Nechman
John Nechman

The best crawfish I've had in Texas is in Crosby: Crawfish Shack (http://www.crawfishshack.com/). I know many people from Downtown who regularly make the trek out during the season. Everything else they serve is great, too, and it's BYOB.

Charlz
Charlz

Ragin Cajun is AWFUL!!! And the last time I went they were smaller than the friggin' crackers! I asked if I could exchange the small ones and was told "you win some you lose some!"

Bayou City is the REAL DEAL, as id Mardi Gras Grill. I will have to try Calliope's, as they do have real authentic New Orleans po-boys.

James
James

Bayou City Seafood is the real deal

Feldman
Feldman

I hate "seasoning on top" that's just lame, it's gets on your hands and not in the meat. Season the water, people!! Season the water!

Matt
Matt

I believe Calliope's also seasons the water (that's what the owner told me, I look forward to trying them). I'm from New Orleans and will never understand why Houstonians put up with non-seasoned water in their crawfish boils, spice in the boil is the only way to give tail meat flavor. And forget about sucking the head of any crawfish boiled in plain water (shiver).

SirRon
SirRon

Seafood Shoppe is a glaring omission. Top 3 in the city IMO.

SirRon
SirRon

quite ghetto... heh.

Glyndaredd
Glyndaredd

Might just check this one out. Sounds fun. Let's just hope crawfish meets expectations.

Beast
Beast

Blue Moose in the heights.

CL91
CL91

I don't know why no one outside of New Orleans enver thought of that! Season the water? GENIUS!

Gosh, I wish we were smart and experienced enough in little ol' podunk Houston to come up with brilliant ideas like that. You New Orleanians had better find a good intellectual property lawyer to get to work on that, you never know who might steal that kind of proprietary, classified information that you guys came up with.

I'm sad to hear that in personally visiting all ten of these places as I'm sure you did, you discovered our dirty little secret.

SirRon
SirRon

I'm starting to thing the unseasoned water comment was just a dirty accusation. Not a single EOW contributor or commenter has offered the name of a restaurant that cooks their crawfish in unseasoned water.

Natas
Natas

No one needs to know that you frequent Sam's Boat.

Eric S
Eric S

I don't know that Sam's Boat is among the best in Houston, but they're usually tasty. When the weather's nice, sitting on that patio eating crawfish and drinking beer by the bucket is about as good as it gets.

CL91
CL91

Not at all. But if you're from New Orleans you refuse to believe that it's even physically possible for anyone outside Orleans Parish to boil good crawfish, or make a decent poboy.

regent032
regent032

I was going to point out the same place. I'm a transplanted midwestern guy, so my expertise on crawfish is limited to the handful of times I've ate them, but my sisters boyfriend is 100% Louisiana coonass and he swears by the Crawfishshack.

Peghand
Peghand

Only thing I didn't like about Calliope's is that the critters were not very hot, as if they nucked some cooler-saved ones.

Gentian
Gentian

Yeah, Seafood Shoppe was good maybe 5 years ago, back in the other location. They've given it up for free time, driving around in Luxe cars nowadays, acting all cool, but with no foundation of good food.

brandius
brandius

Really? Whenever Ive gone the crawfish tasted like they came out of a ditch. I don't think they even try cleaning them. Maybe I have bad luck.

SirRon
SirRon

Was it the exclamation points, CAPS, or the Hannah Montana that sold you?

beer_chris
beer_chris

I'm at Jimmy Gs right now, and they confirmed (I asked) that they only season after boiling. Just water in the pot.

Fidelippo
Fidelippo

Agree Seafood Shoppe is way past its prime, but old location, when it was a to-go hole, was a prime spot. Now there are too many Viet places in the same area for it to be anywhere close to top ten.

SirRon
SirRon

Your comment is garbage. Don't you have some puppies to kick?

SirRon
SirRon

If you hadn't have added that last sentence, I would have been convinced you had a Condo-Douche-vs-Hans-Bier-Haus-like vendetta against Seafood Shoppe. Since you did add that last sentence, I'm going to say: Your first sentence is way off, ridiculous, and you must go back. Or not. I'm just sharing opinions.

However, @imneverfull has some integrity in this eaters of food community. Seafood Shoppe is on her list: http://houston.citysearch.com/...

SirRon
SirRon

Freaking embarrassing.

I mean that you were at Jimmy Gs :)

SirRon
SirRon

I'm confused about all this old location, past prime, etc talk. I've lived in Westchase since 1999 and the Seafood Shoppe on Westheimer near the Belt has been open and pretty consistent since. The gumbo is also some of the best in town, but it's not cheap.

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